Nov 282018

Located on France’s eastern border, the Rhône-Alpes is named after the Rhône river and the Alps mountain range, and is made up of the following departments, clockwise from the north-west: Loire, Rhône, Ain, Haute-Savoie, Savoie, Isère, Drôme and Ardèche. This region is probably best known for its ski resorts, however, particularly in Savoie and Haute-Savoie, […]

Nov 212018
Tarn, Tarn et Garonne, Lot and Aveyron

These four rural departments make up the northern part of the Midi-Pyrénées region, in south-western France. Together they boast diverse and unspoilt scenery, vibrant medieval towns, fascinating caves and grottos, and some of France’s most beautiful and most visited villages and cities. Tarn Named after the river, Tarn enjoys varied and unspoilt scenery, and several […]

Apr 032018
The Hidden Villages Of The French Riviera

When we think of the French Riviera, or Cote d’Azur, we tend to picture the beautiful coastline, with its glamorous towns and picturesque settings inhabited by billionaires, royalty and celebrities. Yet venture inland a little and you’ll find plenty of towns and villages that offer a simpler and less expensive way of life, all within […]

Dec 152017
Christmas in France

Is this going to be your first Christmas in France? Here’s an idea of what to expect, and even what not to expect, during the Festive Season. Christmas markets are a long-standing tradition, with many of France’s most popular located in the east, close to the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Usually starting in […]

Nov 102017
Healthcare system in France and what might happen after Brexit

Intro and Background France’s healthcare system is widely regarded as one of the best in the world.   A 2014 Annual Global Retirement Index ranked it the world’s best for retirees, for being inexpensive, for covering a large percentage of costs, and for the number of English-speaking doctors in France’s main cities. French healthcare offers preventative […]